Young Folk Awards 2017 open for entries

Nancy Kerr

BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award is now open for entries to celebrate the next generation of folk music talent.

According to organisers, the competition is looking for submissions from musicians, singers and songwriters who play folk, roots or acoustic music of any kind.

The contest is open to soloists, duos and groups aged 16 – 21 who are residents of the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

Based on the initial entries, ten acts will be invited to attend a residential weekend in Kendal during January 2017. These artists will then work with mentors, Nancy Kerr (pictured) and James Fagan, and perform in a public concert. Based on this concert, four nominees will be chosen for the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Visit the BB Radio 2 website to find out more and details on how to enter,

The deadline for entries is 23:59 on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Artists to have previously taken part in the Young Folk Award include Blair DunlopWildwood KinBella HardyMegan Henwood and Jim Moray.

Read our interview with folk singer songwriter Kellie White.